Now there has been a rumour started in the Tame Apple press claiming that the problem was not Apple at all. Ma Ailun was using a third-party charger with her iPhone 4, instead of one made by Apple. To the tame Apple press, which is happy to report the rumour as fact, it is an indication that Ailun deserved to die for breaking the sacred code which says you only must by Apple gear. The implication is that she was struck down by the holy Steve Jobs who is a jealous god. The Tame Apple Press has used the incident to wage a moralistic war on the danger of buying fake goods when people should be buying Jobs’ Mobs’ over priced official ones.
However the source of the rumour was a phone expert Xiang Ligang interviewed by CCTV earlier this week who suggested that the charger may have had fewer safety measures built into its hardware, and experienced a failure. But so far there has been no official proof that Ailun was using a third party charger at all. Apple has made no statement on the matter and neither have the local coppers.
One of the statements made by CCTV’s phone expert seems to indicate that he his guessing. He said that “another possibility” was the charger had been intended for use in Hong Kong, Taiwan or Japan.
“Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan all use an electrical voltage of 110 volts,” Xiang said. “Mainland China uses 220 volts. If the charger was made to accommodate only 110 volts, then it’s possible it may have broken down and [overloaded.]”
But as the China Morning Post points out Xiang's comments are rubbish anyway as Hong Kong has a standard electrical voltage of 220. Japan has a standard voltage of 100 volts. It seems that it is easier for the Tame Apple Press to blame the victim of an incident rather than suggest that Apple might have made something expensive and shonky.